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Old 10-24-2010, 06:15 AM   #11 (permalink)
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What year and model do you have and where are you located (US, Can, UK, or?)

This source states, in part...

Suzuki builds the High Feature V6 at its Sagara, Japan plant for the Suzuki XL7 SUV under license from General Motors. Displacing 3.6 L, this engine produces 252 hp (188 kW) at 6500 rpm and 243 lbft (329 Nm) at 2300 rpm. Fuel economy 4–6 km/liter in city, 7–9 km/liter.

Applications:

* 2007-2009 Suzuki XL7


Reading the whole article, this engine has FAR reaching success in a myriad of other vehicle applications. How and why are the Suzuki derived engines so frail in the "chain" world , Larry?

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Old 10-24-2010, 08:04 AM   #12 (permalink)
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i dont know how many other vehicles this actual engine made it into..
i DO know that there has been a couple cases of the chains needing replacement on the Pontiac Torrent.
Equinox, which was on the same platform never had the 3.6
they got a 3.4 version (so i am told)
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Click on the link I inserted above. TONS of vehicles. Saab, Cadillac, including the Torrent and Saturn to name a few.

Heck, here is the link again...

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i see that.. but i dont think they are identical.
here's what suzuki has to say
this is from a training course..

Introduction
Although the architecture for this engine begins with a General Motors North Star design, the N36A has
been redesigned from the cylinder heads on up by Suzuki engineers for application in XL7. The entire
engine is manufactured in Japan, including casting of the cylinder block. The engines are then shipped to
CAMI for installation in XL7. This engine is unique to XL7 and is not shared with any General Motors
products that are assembled at CAMI.
Key features to will be covered in detail in this reference book include:
Engine mechanical configuration
Camshaft timing
THROTTLE ACTUATOR CONTROL system (drive by wire)
Variable valve timing (VVT) for intake and exhaust valves
General Description
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Ah HA! I see where they must have added the crappy chains!

redesigned from the cylinder heads on up by Suzuki engineers

engine is unique to XL7


They should have left it alone.
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Haha!! No kidding,
But at 14.5 hrs each they keep me busy
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What year and model do you have and where are you located (US, Can, UK, or?)

This source states, in part...

Suzuki builds the High Feature V6 at its Sagara, Japan plant for the Suzuki XL7 SUV under license from General Motors. Displacing 3.6 L, this engine produces 252 hp (188 kW) at 6500 rpm and 243 lbft (329 Nm) at 2300 rpm. Fuel economy 4–6 km/liter in city, 7–9 km/liter.

Applications:

* 2007-2009 Suzuki XL7


Reading the whole article, this engine has FAR reaching success in a myriad of other vehicle applications. How and why are the Suzuki derived engines so frail in the "chain" world , Larry?

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It's an 07 XL7 base model. I'm in Kentucky, USA
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It appears that you're one of the "lucky" Zuki modded GM 3.6 guys then.

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But at 14.5 hrs each they keep me busy
So...out of warranty, we're looking at a maybe $1500 ish w/parts, out of pocket repair?
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So...out of warranty, we're looking at a maybe $1500 ish w/parts, out of pocket repair?
easily..if you go with tensioners too, the parts come to around $1000
there are also a few special tools needed for doing the job..
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Hi, I'm a VW mechanic - done lots of belts, chains and cam tensioners, never a Suzuki. About to start my friends 2007 XL-7. Any advice before I start? Thanks! Any reply would be appreciated.
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